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U.S. Senators from Ohio introduce bipartisan rail safety bill after East Palestine crash; Bill would mandate two-person train crews

(Source: Associated Press, March 1, 2023) Railroads like the one involved in last month’s fiery crash and toxic chemical release in Ohio would be subject to a series of new federal safety regulations and financial consequences under legislation being introduced Wednesday by the state’s two U.S. senators. The bill would set train crews at a two-person minimum.…

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“Crafting an illusion:” U.S. rail firms’ multimillion-dollar PR push

(Source: The Guardian, February 27, 2023) The PR push is a window into a years-long, multimillion-dollar campaign by America’s biggest railroad corporations to win favor among federal regulators and policymakers and push back against calls for tougher regulation – a successful campaign that is coming under closer scrutiny following the Ohio disaster. Between 2015 and 2022,…

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